• The Independent

    Manchester United continue to struggle for consistency but emerge triumphant as a team of two halves

    The Red Devils could have been out of the game by the break; instead they were out of sight heading into the closing stretches of the match

  • The Canadian Press

    MATCHDAY: Arsenal-Liverpool in cup; Barça, Madrid in action

    A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Thursday: ENGLAND Arsenal hosts Liverpool in the second leg of the League Cup semifinals with the teams locked at 0-0 after last week's first leg at Anfield. The winning team will play Chelsea in the final at Wembley Stadium next month. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta refused to say how many of his players are unavailable for the match, with the London club having had a request to postpone a Premier League derby against Tottenham last weekend granted

  • The Canadian Press

    Robinho's 9-year rape sentence upheld by Italy's top court

    MILAN (AP) — Former Brazil forward Robinho had a nine-year sentence for the rape of a young woman upheld by Italy’s top court on Wednesday. Brazil does not extradite its own citizens when they are sentenced in other countries, although Robinho risks being arrested if he travels abroad to a country that has an agreement with Italy — nearly 70 nations, including the United States, Argentina and anywhere in the European Union — and Italy issues an international arrest warrant. Robinho was handed th

  • The Canadian Press

    Atlético out of Copa, Sevilla held in Spanish league race

    MADRID (AP) — Atlético Madrid was eliminated by Real Sociedad in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, with the 2-0 defeat adding to its poor run and increasing the pressure on coach Diego Simeone. In the Spanish league, Sevilla missed a chance to move closer to leader Real Madrid after being held 1-1 at Valencia. Atlético's setback against Sociedad came less than a week after it fell to Athletic Bilbao in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. Simeone’s team is als